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2013 Beginning Beekeeping Class & Packaged Bees Buy (Missouri, Illinois, Iowa) | Speedkin

2013 Beginning Beekeeping Class & Packaged Bees Buy (Missouri, Illinois, Iowa)

The Mississippi Valley Beekeeping Association is putting on its annual Beginning Beekeeping Class again this spring.  The class will be from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2013.  It will take place in the basement of the Adams County Farm Bureau building at 330 South 36th Street, Quincy, Illinois.  The cost is $30 per family so feel free to bring your spouse and kids if they’re interested.

At the class, you’ll also have the opportunity to order packaged bees, although you do not have to attend the class to order bees.  The bees come in three-pound packages from California and include a queen (in a queen cage).  Delivery is in Hannibal, sometime in April, depending upon the weather.

The class is amazing!  If  you’re at all interested in bees and/or beekeeping, I encourage you to attend.  You’ll learn not only how to build equipment, to install packages, feeding, and most everything you need to get started, but you’ll learn about colony life, bee anatomy, and honey production.  I may be a bit biased but I think the folks who volunteer to teach these classes each — and, in fact, our entire group — are the best bunch of folks you’ll ever come across.  \

In addition to the education, you’ll also receive a free beginning beekeeping book (published by Dadant, I believe?).  And door prizes!  There is a drawing near the end of the class to see who gets what.  There’s some really cool stuff on the prize table each year!

You’re also welcome to come to the monthly meetings at the same location on the last Tuesday of each month.  During the darker winter hours, we meet at 7:00 p.m. and, during the lighter summer hours, we meet at 7:30.  You’ll be astounded at the generosity of these folks — always sharing their wisdom and experience with everyone, and you’ll learn even more at the meetings than you did at the class.  Don’t skip the class, though.  It will give you a great overview and allow you to get started right.  The meetings are where you’ll find endless answers and help with the various nitty gritty issues that come up along the way.  If you care to join the association, it’s a very small fee per family (I think $12 or $14 per year?) and includes membership in the state association as well.

If  you’re interested in the class and/or ordering packaged bees, or just have some questions, let me know and I’ll hook you up with the big cheeses keeping track of registrations.  Either comment here, on Facebook, or email me.

Hope to see you there!

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